December 2nd at The Radon Lounge: Christmas Explosion


It is nearly December so all of those holiday shows and year-end shows are starting to come together (don’t worry – info on a Black Sheep Holiday Show is coming very soon)!! Today we are telling you about The Radon Lounge has in store this holiday season with their Christmas Explosion happening exactly one week from today on Saturday, December 2nd. We are excited for this one because it features the full band Holy Pinto based out of Canterbury, England. You can stream some of Holy Pinto’s music on the player below. Holy Pinto performed solo at Dumb Records earlier this past summer. Jessica Knight of Looming will also be filling in on bass for this tour. Then Chicago-based musician Sam Arias will also be performing – with his group “Families”? Is it “Sam Arias Families”? Jeff? Go to the show to find out who Sam’s family really is. Opening things up for this show is the real life yodeling cowboy “Cowboy Randy Erwin.”

This Christmas Explosion is $5 and starts at 7:00 pm over at The Radon Lounge. If you don’t know where that is, you can inquire on their website. Find a facebook event here. You’re supposed to show up wearing a Christmas sweater or something too. Check out our Springfield shows page where we try to list other shows going on in town outside of Black Sheep.


Starter Jackets: “Preferred Stock”


Here’s another release from a local pop punk band – Starter Jackets – which came out last month. It’s a debut 7″ from the band called Preferred Stock, and is out on It’s Alive Records. Starter Jackets features members of Hospital Job, Attic Salt, and numerous other Springfield groups. You can stream that four song release on the player embedded below. Also head over to the It’s Alive bandcamp to pay to download the release.

Starter Jackets do not have any shows lined up in Springfield as of right now as far as we can tell.

December 1st at Black Sheep: MOM, Prowess, Magma Diver


When’s the next show at Black Sheep? Could you believe it, but the next show is actually happening in December (which just so happens to be this upcoming Friday, December 1st). We have the band MOM coming from St. Louis which features members of past bands The Stranger and more. You can stream some of MOM’s music on the player below. We have Springfield punks’ punk band Prowess playing this one as well. Opening things up is the return of Central Illinois – based Magma Diver who recently released their own debut tape. Good job!

This show will start at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page to see what else is coming up at Black Sheep this winter.

Attic Salt: “Attic Salt”


It’s been about a month and we are behind on telling you about new Springfield music – but did you know that Springfield’s own Attic Salt have released their debut self-titled album? You can stream all ten tracks of it on the player below. The album is released by Dodgeball Records based out of Chicago. You can also pay to download the album on the band’s bandcamp page.

Attic Salt will be playing the holiday show at Bar None on Saturday, December 23rd along with Boon and NIL8.

Today at Dumb Records: Black Friday Record Store Day


It’s not even nine o’ clock in the morning and Dumb Records has already opened up today, with a long line or record enthusiasts patiently awaiting their Black Friday goodies and big sales. Today is Black Friday Record Store Day at the store – the exclusive release event put on by Record Store Day. The store has a total of 94 exclusive titles hitting the shelves (a chunk of which might be gone by now), which you can check out the full list of right here. In addition to the exclusive releases, the store is offering a sale of 50% off all other items new and used (their biggest sale yet)! You can also pick up some complimentary coffee and donuts.

Dumb Records is open today from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, and is located at 1107 South Grand Avenue East. Recycled Records on Adams Street downtown is also participating in Black Friday Record Store Day. Find a facebook event right here.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Bottom Bracket, Charmer, Rockford, Telephone Junkies, Kate Laine


Good morning! Today is the day before Thanksgiving so tonight’s going to be a good night to get out an do something. We have a classic B.J. Pearce designed flier up there with a lineup that’s slightly changed so we will break it down for you. Everyone knows hometown emo rock group, Bottom Bracket, right? They will be playing this show. The touring band on this bill is Charmer from Marquette, Michigan. You can stream their newest release on the player below to hear what they are all about. Up before them is one of the winners of our Black Sheep Battle of the Bands last month and based out of Springfield High School – Rockford. We also have a newer and younger group called Telephone Junkies that made their Black Sheep debut about a week ago. Opening things up for this one is Kate Laine.

This show tonight will start at 7:00 pm and admission is $7. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this fall and winter.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Livin’ Thing (Record Release), Substance, Spell Breaker, Undone


Last night was an incredible Black Sheep Band Lotto and we would like to thank all of the bands that participated and everyone for coming out. We are going to keep things rolling with a very eventful show going on tonight at Black Sheep! Tonight is the 7″ record release show for local rockers Livin’ Thing. Stream one of the songs off of that 7″ coming out on Rat King Records on the player below. Tonight is also the return of Houston, Texas hardcore band Substance – who played in Springfield last for Dumb Fest #5 this past June. Up before them is Spell Breaker – it is supposed to be a release show of some sort for them as well. Opening things up is Undone – and we so here it’s supposed to be the band’s last show – how sad!

Tonight things start at 7:00 pm. Admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for the show tonight right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this winter.